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roads on the presidential campaign lead to ohio today. president obama and mitt romney, both return for rallies in the battleground state. >> and it is great to have you back, rob. >> thanks. >> the stakes could not be higher, with the latest polls showing the president pulling ahead among ohio voters. abc's tahman bradley joining us this morning from washington with a preview. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, paula and rob. this is the first time in two months both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. in fact, they're both holding rallies today at the same time. giving a voters a sense of how crucial ohio is. today, a showdown in ohio. both president obama and mitt romney spend the day campaigning in the state that could decide the election. the candidates are expected to clash today over china. the obama campaign will hit romney for investments in chinese companies. >> you can't stand up to china when all you've done is sent them our jobs. >> reporter: the faceoff in the buckeye state comes as new polls show romney falling beh
. president obama and mitt romney both favor expanding charter schools, support standardized tests and want more accountability from teachers and prince palace. the two men have significant disagreements. >> i think the main differences when it comes to education come in the area of school choice. gochler romney sees a robust role in choice. president obama has been skeptical of vouchers. >> reporter: romney supports taking federal dollars, title i funds, and giving them to parents in the form of vouchers. >> for the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to the student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice. >> reporter: the obama administration is staunchly opposed. why not expand vouchers? give parents more choices? >> the goal can't be to remove the one child from the system and let the other 500 drown. we have to make every school a great, great school. we need to make public schools schools of choice. >> reporter: education secretary arne duncan is using federal dollars for states to raise public standards. he wants
campaign. president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, both favor expanding charter schools, support standardized tests and want more accountability from teachers and principals. but the two men have significant disagreements. >> i think some of the main differences between governor romney and president obama when it comes to education come in the area of school choice. governor romney sees a really robust rule for school choice and school improvement whereas president obama like a lot of democrats has been skeptical of vouchers. >> reporter: romney supports taking federal dollars for educating special needs and low income families, known as title i funds and giving them directly to parents in the form of vouchers. although romney avoids using that word. >> for the first time in history federal education funds will be linked to the student so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice. >> reporter: the obama administration is staunchly opposed. why not expand vouchers? why not give parents more choices? >> the goal can't be to remove on
trail as he was yesterday in virginia. what a quinky dink. romney and obama both in ohio on the same day and both in virginia this week on the same day. do you think they're coordinating their schedules? maybe they ought to ride on the same bus. make things a lot easier, wouldn't it? we've got lots and lots to talk about here on the "full court press" today and lots you'll want to call about at 1-866-55-press. that is our toll free number. peter ogborn and dan henning as always. team press here. >> happy friday. >> with cyprian bowlding on the cameras. >> nice to see you. >> bill: everything good. "saturday night live" had a lot of fun last night. they did a thursday special. they do this sometimes during presidential elections. and they've got this new guy who plays president obama. >> i like him. >> bill: jay pharaoh. he was touting his jobs record. he said who says i didn't create jobs. i created a lot of jobs. he was touting his jobs record. one woman in the audience told him that she's got a v
obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good-paying job. >> i think that's a strong ad for mitt romney. the question is why he wasn't playing that two or three months ago. >> it is a good ad and you're right. there's a larger dynamic in ohio that actually is true nationally, too, which is you have some economic improvement, you have -- there's a sort of consumer confidence number that came out, highest since february, the housing market that's starting to actually show real upticks nationally and the distressed markets, so it's going to be hard for mitt romney to go around selling the voice of gloom. that's something people don't want to hear. they're changing tactics. the compassion idea, something else, compassion and mitt romney , not a natural fit but they have to try something new. i think, i would be interested to see if they come out with a ha
president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. they're both holding rallies at the same time. giving a voters a sense of how crucial ohio is. today, a showdown in ohio. president obama and mitt romney spend the day campaigning in the state that could decide the election. the candidates are expected to clash over china. the obama campaign will hit romney for investments in chinese companies. >> you can't stand up to china when all you've done is send them our jobs. >> reporter: the faceoff in the buckeye state come as new polls show romney falling behind. one poll has the gop nominee eight points behind president obama in ohio. and in florida, romney is behind the president by four points. if romney loses to the president in ohio, it would will difficult. without ohio, romney would need to run the table, picking up virtually every battleground state. if romney hopes to turn things around, he'll need to stay on message. he didn't yesterday at a ohio valley when speaking ant president obama. >> there's one thing he didn't do in his first four years he said he's
today. president obama in washington and both candidates are focus owning fund-raising less than a week before the first debate. political director john dickerson is here, and, john, clear out from this first debate, a chance for tens of millions of americans to watch these two guys side by side, what's your sense of the calculation of the race right now? >> the race right now, the momentum is with the president, he's doing well in the national polls and also in these battleground states. the most interesting battleground state is ohio, where it looks like there have been a consistent number of polls that shows the president pulling away ahead of mitt romney outside of the margin of error. things going well for the president. expectations couldn't be higher for mitt romney in debates. >> three new polls show obama with the lead in battleground states. >> in new hampshire and north carolina, and in nevada. what's interesting about nevada is that the president is going to be there for three days of debate preparation. nevada, an early voting state. not just about november 6th in nevada, a
for the state of ohio this election cycle. president obama and mitt romney both speaking at 1: today. ionder youre ohe state it's interesting when you look at the dynamics economically at play in ohio. governor cakasic's great job of sheparding the oo economy to accot for state unempyment 7., ler than theio ave, also undercuts mitt romney's message this economy isn't in turn around andime to get someone else. >> makes john kasic a hobbled sur row gate for mitt romney, you can't say the enomy is greawhen'r tg to prove the economy is bad. thing about ohio it's an important state, and remember when 2004 the whole election came down to john kerry losing narrowly to george w. bush in that state, the president has a coupleuge advantages we're seeingn the ten-point ga, on is the aut bat. e o ste besides michigan be impacted more positively by the auto bailout than ohio. 82 out of 88 counties have an auto parts supplier in them that's felt a direct effect of the bailout. part of why the economy is doing better there. it's enough to move the needle. also the case ttanni backlash in the industrial mid
: president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. i'm not concerned about the very poor. my policies will make things better for them. i'm not worried about those people. >> very clever strategy. nbc news reports the romney team has about $48 million advantage, but the president has a different kind of advantage, he has more money in his campaign coughers, which means he has more say in where that money is spent. the "washington post" uses ohio as an example. right before the election the president will spend $125 while a conservative super pac will send $900. dig difference. visit geico.com for a free rate quote. (vo) always outspoken, now unleashed. joy behar. >> on my next show, actress, activist, and flyest of the fly girls, rosie perez, generates so much heat, al gore will have to look into it. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's the "stephanie miller show"! ♪ i'm walking on sunshine woe ho i'm walking on sunshine, woe ho ♪ ♪ it's time to feel good hey all right now ♪ ♪ it's time to feel good ♪ >> stephanie: it
are stepping up pressure now on the obama administration, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle we should point out including john kerry. they want to reveal all the details of the deadly libyan attack. after two weeks of continuous clanking stories on this, arizona senator john mccain says it is disgraceful that the white house blamedded attack initially on quote, spontaneous protests. here he is. >> the thing that is disturbing about this naivete, the fundamental ignorance of warfare. look, this was an attack on its face. heavy weapons, mortars, a, well-synchronized direct fire and indirect fire attack. the thing that is really scary about it is, that the people in the region believe the united states is weak and withdrawing. martha: john bolton joins me now, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. fox news contributor. is he right? >> absolutely. look, i think there are only two explanations for the administration's performance. one they're engaged in a cover-up because it is politically inconvenient to find terrorism not defeated as the president has said. the other is that the president's
took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ >>> we have a country music star this morning. his name is jerrod neimann. he's been on tour and he's here in the green room. he's got a brand new album out called "free the music" after his last album hit number one. we'll talk with him on cbs "this morning." here's the title of the song he wrote," i love women my mama can't stand." you got to love a guy who writes music like that. jerrod neimann will join us at the table right after the break. your local news is coming up n
president obama and governor mitt romney face off in denver for their first debate. both candidates are going some final cramming. romney will also address supporters at a denver rally later tonight. >>> california becomes the first state to ban straight to gay therapy for miners. governor jerry brown signed the legislation. the bill's sponsor says conversion therapy is dangerous. a conservative group plans to file a suit. >>> families may have to dig deeper to pay for milk. the new york daily news quotes senator charles schumer as saying milk prices could double if congress does not approve a new farm bill. the senate's passed it, but not the house. a more dire warning coming from the national milk producers federation. milk could hit $6 a gallon. >>> an addictive dance. hundreds of prisoners in the philippines doing their rendition of the gangnam style dance. if you don't know him, you may have been living under a rock. gangnam style is the most liked youtube video ever with 335 million views. guess what? the song is number two. listen to it. on the u.s. charts. stay top of mind w
the presidential election. the race still too close to call. and both mitt romney and barack obama will be virtually invisible today. why, you ask? well, they're hunkering town for wednesday's debate and a chance to deliver that made for tv moment that will have us all talking. after all, debate zingers are an american tradition. >> i'm counting on you. i'm counting on the fact that when the american people focus and push aside all the noise and all the nonsense and they remember the fact that all of us, whatever success we've achieved, we've achieved because we worked together. because we made sure everybody -- >> here you go again. >> i want you to know that also i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> senator, i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> those are the zingers we were talking about. that first obama shot, that was a mistake. but it was a very rousing speech, right? if you want another measure o
're in the cnn newsroom where we're live this saturday, september 29th. i'm fredricka whitfield. president obama and mitt romney are about to come face to face in the first presidential debate. just four days away, both obama and romney are practicing this weekend while their campaigns are presenting each candidate as the underdog. pa
of president obama coming from both republicans and democrats today. critics raising questions dies after a series of new poles show president obama with a significant lead in several key swing states. the romney campaign quickly responded casting doubt on those numbers. here's what they said. >> it is not consistent with our polling, steve. i'm struck by a couple things. one three swing state polls out today. in every sipping gel one of them they have a democratic voter participation that is higher than the participation in the electorate in 2008. i don't know anyone on the ground in any of these swing states who believes that there will be a higher democratic percentage of the electorate in 2012 than there was in 2008. martha: doug schoen, former pollster to president bill clinton. monica crowley, radio talk show host. both fox news contributors. good to have you this morning. hi, there. is that true, doug? i mean that they're skewing, that they're showing higher turnout, those polls are assuming a higher democratic turnout now than in '08 when we know it was huge? >> yes, that is corre
. so you're going to continue to see both candidates focus on ohio. president obama has done so. his rescue of the auto industry has helped him a lot in ohio. he was at bowling green university yesterday. introduced by a student who was scheduled to introduce the president. then went out and played ultimate frisbee yesterday morning and broke his wrist. >> what is ultimate frisbee exactly? >> bill: haven't you seen it? >> you don't know what alternate frisbee is. >> i know what frisbee golf is. is that alternate frisbee? >> yeah, yeah. >> bill: i've seen it. >> okay, i know what it is. >> it is like football. you take three steps. >> i understand now. >> bill: he was playing alternate frisbee fell, broke his wrist but he put off his visit to the hospital so he could still introduce the president! >> if seth can come up here with a broken wrist, then there is not a student here who cannot get registered and make sure they go to vote! [ cheering ] >> bill: good point and the president repeated a point there a
for the white house zeros in on ohio. >> both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. >> no republican has won the white house without winning the buckeye state. >> o.h. >> o.h. works every time. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations today as he and his regime face ever increasing international pressure. >> israel believes you want to destroy them. you said you want to drive them from the face of the earth. >> football fans are fuming over that botched call by replacement refs. the upheld that call. >> yeah. some are calling it the worse call in the nfl history since d to play at the super bowl. >> worst touchdown ever. hail the size of tennis balls. >> the paddle boat race that teams are still talking about. >> how about a car without a driver. governor jerry brown instituted safety regulations for self-driving car. >> it came courtesy. >> is he frugal or cheap? >> cheap. >> wow. >> all that matters. >> seattle seahawks were robbed of a win. >> the packers got the win. >> i didn't watch the game. >> thank you very muc
and the position of folks like lindsey graham or john mccain than there is between romney and obama. both romney and obama believe in supporting the opposition. the administration has provided nonlethal and humanitarian assistance, it's also worked with our allies who are providing all sorts of support to the opposition which, by the way, is what mitt romney said he would do in working with countries like qatar, turkey and saudi arabia and other ways. but i think this administration has also recognized that the most important thing we can do is try to create a unified political opposition so that when the assad regime fall, we'll have as smooth a transition as possible. rushing in with military options without a clear exit strategy which, by the way, mitt romney said on "60 minutes" would be the way he would think about military affairs, the president understands we have to be cautious about it. because there are many ways in which we could make the situation worse rather than better, and our first obligation is to try and get the political and diplomatic context right so you can have as smooth
are at the bases of both of these parties. it looks like the obama camp there is gaining a lot of traction as well. >> it was a 10 point lead in terms of great interest now it's a 4-point lead. this all tracks with the sense that the election is moving in obama's direction, which is why this debate next wednesday, the first presidential debate is so information, because it rile is romney's last, best chance to change the dynamic: people ask me how does very to do it. i think it's very similar people. tens of millions are americans will be watching that debate. after that they have to say, i was for obama, now i think i'm for romney. he if he can achieve that. it doesn't have to be a knockout. people have to have a second thought. i thought i was for the president, and now i'm not. if he will have achieved that that will be a very sec full bee date for him. and that is a tall order. martha: some pry people away that are already decided is a more middable task for mitt romney. you can read this their press releases that the romney camp is working hard to lower the expectations. they are saying pres
have agreement. both of us think it was wrong for president obama to snubbed the prime minister of israel. >> i do not know what his schedule is. you characterized -- rhetoric about snubbing, been weak, i do not know what the situation was for the president's office, his schedule, what the israeli prime minister's schedule was. if it is possible, you should always meet with foreign heads of government you so what scheduling conference the think would be sufficient? he declined requests from the prime minister to meet when the prime minister was in new york. my understanding is that during that same week he went on david letterman and "the view." >> at the same time? you are using that as an excuse? >> we do not even know. you do not even know. the slander our president and not the -- even know his schedule. >> i am describing his conduct. >> i do not know david letterman's personal schedule or the president's, but we have come to the bottom of a half- hour. much more in the next 30 minutes. >> thank you. a spirited, sometimes fiery debate between our two than senate candidates.
1/2 weeks. on wednesday it was ohio. yesterday it was virginia where both president obama and mitt romney were campaigning for votes. president obama stumped for votes in virginia beach. an area with a large military population. >> it's time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle-class. >> reporter: while mitt romney reached out to veterans in the critical northern virginia suburbs. >> we will make sure and restore our economy and put people back to work, get rising take home pay again. we are going to make sure we have a military that is second to none. i will do those things. >> reporter: right now the president has the edge in the key battleground states include vag va where he is ahead by 4 points. romney told abc's david muir, he is not deterred by the numbers. >> well i am very pleased with some polls. less so with other polls. frankly at this early stage. polls go up. polls go down. >> reporter: it is not really early. in fact, voting is already under way. voters in iowa sta
stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ >>> i don't know if you knew this, october is national farm to school month. it is a time to celebrate the growing connections happening all over the country, when it comes to school and local foods. >> so what a better place to kick off a month where we're focusing on kids and nutrition than a school. holly morris joins us from central nia in northwest. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, and not only are we out of school, but -- at a school but we are at a school that really knows how to do it in terms of kee
. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion byow many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ going to put us to the test tomorrow. our thanks to the wallflowers. have a great day, everyone. we'll see you tomorrow. in hid, this -- in this is an abc 7 news update. .> i am cynne simpson federal investigators trying to deadlyt what caused the plane crash. a cessna had just taken off in fredericksburg when it plummeted to the ground. a man and his 13-world son were killed in the crash. several new laws taking effect maryland today. children under 8 years old must a child safety seat. that is unless there for feet, 9 inches tall.
. i have seen both obama and romney suddenly tweak or change or drop language called out by fact checkers. ultimately, there was a decision there that it does not mean that much to us if we fix this. we will get less grief if we treat it a bit or change it on the margins, but the key things that move voters, such as, he apologizes for america or obama with that ridiculous thing about savings from the wars, and in the same breath he criticizes george w. bush for running wars on a credit card. he will say those on this one sentence after another without any sense he is contradicting himself. there is pulling there that says that is an effective line and moves voters. it does not matter what the actual facts are. that is when -- >> in that statement, he also said, fact checkers come to this with their own sense of thoughts and ideas and backgrounds. he is trying to redefine what a fact is. he is saying, there are no objective facts. it is to somebody else's opinion about what we are saying. it is kind of like redefining apology. they are redefining what effect is. >> i do not want t
can we get ed hockly and the boys back on the field? there is a game tonight. >>> president obama and mitt romney running parallel campaigns. both in virginia today after following each other around ohio yesterday. the question is, with six days until the first debate, what is the romney game plan to turn this thing around? >>> and senator scott brown of massachusetts issues an apology after some of his staffers are caught on video doing the tomahawk chop to mark dubious claims by he lez beth warren that she is part native-american. do the voters care about any of this? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early" the show after further review is still way too damn early. i'm glad you're up watching us or listening live. you can e-mail me as always. you can tweet me to the answer the question why are you awake. or you can text the word awake followed by your response. we'll read the best responses next. the next 30 minutes will be the cram session for this thursday, september 27th. a lot to tell you about
doing gregg. >> president obama and mitt romney both playing like it's high school cramming for the first presidential debate. both side acknowledge it could make-or-break the race to the white house. bret baier and larry sabato will be here to weigh in on this. another issue that could influence the election is the white house response to the murder of four u.s. diplomats in libya, what we are learning about it today. is the mainstream media ignoring mitt romney's strength among independent voters, is there by as overall. we'll investigate. bill: he is a tsa screener caught with more than $800,000 worth of other people's stuff. martha: lovely. bill: why he says he's not nearly the only one. martha: that bakes it better makes it better. another day and incident with lindsay lohan that involves police, surprise, surprise, why she said she was assaulted in a hotel room, next. ♪ is there anybody going to listen to my story all about the girl who came to stay. she's the kind of girl you want so much it makes you sorry, still you don't regret a single day. ♪ ♪ how about...b
the race is moving in obama's direction. bill: i want to take you both back to an event in 2008 that a lot of folks have forgotten about. i believe this is january during the primarily battle between hillary clinton and boik. do you remember this exchange? >> when i was working on those streets watching those folks' jobs shift overseas you were a corporate lawyer work on walmart. >> i'm just reacting to the fact, yes, they did have ideas and they were bad yds ideas. bad for america and i was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor in his slum landlord business in chicago. bill: if you get an he change like that wednesday night, what's the likely impact on these uncommitted or spu -- thee voters. >> both of these guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers. they will be well prepared. the one thing that has to be cause for optimism for republicans. usually an incumbent president comes out rusty. we saw that in 1984, reagan's first debate was a disaster. george w. bush's debate was a disaster. i don't think it will be a
at about 9:30 a.m. they have obama and romney both up 46% nationwide. with leanders, 48% a piece. the swing state tracking poll is tied as well at 46%. this is from rasmussen reports. scott, a republican in colorado springs. hello, scott. what do you think about the campaign media coverage so far? caller: it's a joke. they are all totally biased. the thing that really gets me is that you have these various news view" andbama on 'the letterman. he won't go on fox. he avoids the tough ques tions. it's just as bad here in colorado as anywhere else. i hope when they have the debate in denver that they ask the tough questions. people need answers. this foreign-policy mass, -- mess, he always watns transparency. host: you're in a swing state. are you seeing a lot of commercials? caller: i go back and forth between denver and the suburbs. when they go out and do the polls, they're finding out that they're asking more democrats and coming back with a 10 point lead. from what i've seen, they're trying to go back to the 2008 turn out. host: that was got from colorado springs. up next in oregon on the
where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to show empathy and soften his image. >> president obama and i both care about poor, working class families, the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: and despite relentless criticism of obama care, romney touted how his own health care overhaul in massachusetts helped families. >> don't forget, i got everybody in my state insured, 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance, i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that
in the obama administration. the president has focused a lot on the middle class, both in his policies and the rhetoric, the fact that the way the economy is playing out distributionly has been so skewed. >> i think that's a fair critique. my personal view is there should have been a larger stimulus. that would have helped consumer demand, it would have helped the middle class more. the distributional effects are skewed. the stock market, a lot of people have their pensions in there. a lot of unions have pensions in there. the stabilization of the market and taking the market from 6,000 -- >> and the growth. >> and the growth has helped a lot of middle class families. i think that's being reflected in the battleground support. >> joe? >> one area where i agree with sheila completely is the sort of failure to look at that household debt to gdp chart that you showed earlier and say, this is the problem. there has been a lot of confusion, i think, people talk about the banks, the national debt, whatever. this was the core of the issue, the fact that households had too much debt and that t
on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
house, now. it's "your voice, your vote," just 35 days before the final vote. and president obama and mitt romney, one day away from that first and crucial debate. both candidates cramming in private. stakes could not be higher for romney behind, now, in the battleground states. jake tapper is in las vegas, where the president has set up debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participa participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney trying to get used to the one-on-one format. in a race this close, both candidates know anything could make the difference tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine
this morning, president obama is addressing the united nations as the campaign spotlight turns to international affairs. both he and republican rival mitt romney speak at the clinton global initiative's annual meeting today in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both. the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world, and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. do tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way because al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> reporter: as are a number of others. this could be very true. if you're a bacon lover, start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs, so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie
weather. savannah? >> all right, al. president obama, governor romney both in new york city today to speak at the clinton global initiative, and the president will also deliver an address to the united nations general assembly. governor romney will drop by nbc's education nation summit. chuck todd is nbc's political director, chief white house correspondent. you come with your telestrator today. >> i do, i do. >> let's talk about the state of the union in terms of the battleground map. we know 270 is the magic number. >> right. >> where do things stand? >> right now we have the president at 243 here, and what that means is we've got states adding up 243 electoral votes. it 70, of course, is the magic number. what we've recently moved was the state of iowa, and that put him at 243. what's interesting here, savannah. he now needs only a couple of states, a couple of the big states, big three that i talk about all the time, ohio, florida, virginia, just a couple of ways and he gets over the finish line. >> we talk about ohio. it's usually a bellwether, a couple of scenarios to run through her
polls of independents and conservatives both say they feel the media has behaved badly. >> but president obama and people have gone to his -- to hawaii, traced his record, gone to kenya, talked to his relatives, gone to indonesia. we have sent people around the world. how has he not been vetted? >> well, consider this. this year, the new yorker wrote a huge spread on michele bachmann and her faith and religion, getting a lot of the theology wrong what she believes. in 2008, john mccain was endorsed by several pastors and it became multi-day stories in the media about john mccain's endorsements but the jeremiah wright stuff, you talk to a lot of reporters, they say barack obama never went to jeremiah wright's church. he just used that to build his political career in chicago. i as a conservative really don't think the media has portrayed barack obama's relationship with jeremiah wright as he himself did in 2008 and i still think that's a relevant topic. >> actually, bryce, let me bring you in here. then candidate obama in 2008 did make that speech in which he said i was there when he made
with the romney campaign. he's here with us now, for an inside look at how both campaigns are preparing for the showdown. >> reporter: this is always fun and predictable. both sides are already trying to lower expectations. the obama campaign arguing in five of the last six debates, the challengers were perceived the winners. romney's had a lot of practice. as you'll see, the romney camp, painting the president as a master orator. through ohio and virginia, this morning, a shift to that crucial first debate. overnight, a senior adviser to the romney campaign, sending a memo to romney surrogates. setting expectations low. saying president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker. and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in recent history. the governor had the same with us. >> he's a brilliant orator. >> reporter: romney will practice again this weekend. the president will travel to nevada this weekend for three days of prep. senator john kerry will play mitt romney. both sides are trying to avoid those infamous debate moments. >> you're likable enough, hillary
, then you look at valerie jarrett, she is his advisor to both the president and the first lady. she has found michelle obama offers significant jobs since 1991. she is the only one who goes on vacation with the first family. >> host: that is an extraordinary relationship. tell us about her and valerie jarrett's background. >> guest: valerie jarrett was born iranian and is a noted blood researcher. she was born there and spend a lot of for topic following her parents around the middle east to the developing world and in some cases, western europe. so when she meets barack obama in 1991 at a cafÉ in chicago, they had a lot in common. they grew up in muslim countries. iran and indonesia. they had a different perspective. definitely on the left part of the american political spectrum. and they have a disdain for what they consider american parochialism. that becomes a bonding moment for them very early on. but let's not forget who valerie jarrett is to be obama's. she is the gilded arch gateway into the establishment. she knows everyone. she is from a prosperous family that has been succes
morning. ohio is considered a must-win for both candidates. they've been spending so much time that governor kasich joked they should start paying taxes in the state. it illustrates how important this handful of swing states are. president obama and mitt romney are following each other from one battleground state to another. on wednesday ohio was their target. >> you probably are aware that there's an election going on right now in ohio. >> i believe you're going to help me win ohio. >> reporter: today it's a quick flight to virginia. >> we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: on wednesday romney tried to convey a more empathetic candidate. >> we're a charitable people. >> reporter: recent polls shows romney trailing the president on the question of which candidate cares about my needs. but time is running out for governor romney to change voters' minds. early voting is under way in two dozen states. it starts today in iowa and next week in ohio. that has both campaigns stepping up their advertising in see swing states. >> we should measure compassion by how many people can
says seating in both plains had undergone maintenance. they have grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> to politics where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of the three debates that they will have starting tomorrow night in denver. republicans are hoping it will be a game changer for their nominee who right now trails the president in every battleground state. nbc's brian mooar joins us from washington with all of those details. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. for both campaigns this debate brings both challenge and opportunity. as denver gets ready for tomorrow night's first presidential debate, so are the candidates. >> it'll be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down votes. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the pre
. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama is working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely and to the point so it is much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across, as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable after his 47% comments. how can he do that? show compassion. show he is competent. and connect with voters. >> on those three cs that's where he really has got to do well. >> reporter: romney arrived in colorado to continue his debate prep but took a brief break to rally supporters. >> what an honor? what a welcome? what a colorado welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: the president also took a break with a visit to a nevada campaign office. >> hi, this is barack obama. how are you? [ laughter ] >> a new abc news, "washington post" poll found that
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